Originally published on Silver & Black Report on Oct. 23, 2013
The Oakland Raiders announced Wednesday that they have claimed linebacker Martez Wilson off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints.
The 6-foot-4, 252-pound linebacker has spent the last two-plus seasons with the Saints while appearing in 33 games, including just one start. During those 33 games, Wilson accumulated 30 tackles, five sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The former 2011 third-round draft pick out of Illinois appeared in all 16 games last year at both defensive end and contributing on special teams, recording 18 tackles, three sacks and a blocked punt. Wilson brings good special teams play as well as versatile linebacker play that can also give the Raiders additional help in the pass rush at times.
In order to make room for Wilson, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie announced that they have waived 2012 sixth-round draft pick Christo Bilukidi. The young defensive tackle appeared in 18 games for the Raiders in his one-plus years, recording 13 tackles and one sack.